Hottest, Coolest WWII Gadget Vote Results are in!

The first three places are:

Focke-Achgelis Fa 223
Focke-Achgelis Fa 223

1st Place, with 6 votes: Focke-Achgelis_Fa_223 – A dual rotor helicopter

When Otto Skorzeny was planning his raid to abduct captured Italian dictator Benito Mussolini from the Albert Rifugio hotel on the Gran Sasso in September 1943, his original choice of aircraft was a Fa 223.[14] The Fa 223 would be able to land directly in front of the hotel.[14] However, the chosen aircraft broke down while en route, and Skorzeny instead was forced to use a Fieseler Fi-156.[14]

The Drache could transport cargo loads of over 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) at cruising speeds of 121 km/h (75 mph) and altitudes approaching 2,440 m (8,010 ft)

The Silverbird Orbital Bomber
The Silverbird Orbital Bomber

2nd Place, with 5 votes, Silverbird

The design was a significant one, as it incorporated new rocket technology, and the principle of the lifting body, foreshadowing future development of winged spacecraft such as the X-20 Dyna-Soar of the 1960s and the Space Shuttle of the 1970s. In the end, it was considered too complex and expensive to produce. The design never went beyond mock up test.
The Silbervogel was intended to fly long distances in a series of short hops. The aircraft was to have begun its mission propelled along a 3 km (2 mi) long rail track by a large rocket-powered sled to about 800 km/h (500 mph). Once airborne, it was to fire its own rocket engine and continue to climb to an altitude of 145 km (90 mi), at which point it would be travelling at some 5,000 km/h (3,100 mph). It would then gradually descend into the stratosphere, where the increasing air density would generate lift against the flat underside of the aircraft, eventually causing it to “bounce” and gain altitude again, where this pattern would be repeated. Because of aerodynamic drag, each bounce would be shallower than the preceding one, but it was still calculated that the Silbervogel would be able to cross the Atlantic, deliver a 4,000 kg (8,800 lb) bomb to the continental United States, and then continue its flight to a landing site somewhere in the Empire of Japan–held Pacific, a total journey of 19,000 to 24,000 km (12,000 to 15,000 mi).

An alleged photograph of the inner workings of Die Glocke from Igor Witkowsk's book.
An alleged photograph of the inner workings of Die Glocke from Igor Witkowsk’s book.

In 3rd Place, with 4 Votes, Die Glocke

Die Glocke is described as being a device “made out of a hard, heavy metal” approximately 2.7 metres (9 ft) wide and 3.7 to 4.6 metres (12 to 15 ft) high, having a shape similar to that of a large bell. According to an interview of Witkowski by Cook, this device ostensibly contained two counter-rotating cylinders which would be “filled with a mercury-like substance, violet in color”. This metallic liquid was code-named “Xerum 525” and was “stored in a tall thin thermos flask a meter high encased in lead”. Additional substances said to be employed in the experiments, referred to as Leichtmetall (light metal), “included thorium and beryllium peroxides”. Witkowski describes Die Glocke, when activated, as having an effect zone extending out 150 to 200 meters. Within the zone, crystals would form in animal tissue, blood would gel & separate while plants would decompose into a grease like substance. Witkowski also said that five of the seven original scientists working on the project died in the course of the tests. Based upon certain external indications, Witkowski states that the ruins of a concrete framework—aesthetically dubbed “The Henge”—in the vicinity of the Wenceslas mine (50°37′43″N 16°29′40″E) may have once served as a test rig for an experiment in “anti-gravity propulsion” generated with Die Glocke. However, the derelict structure itself has also been interpreted to resemble the remains of a conventional industrial cooling tower.

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Vote now: Hottest, Coolest WWII Gadgets!

Focke-Achgelis 330 Gyroglider
Focke-Achgelis 330 Gyroglider

It’s time to vote!
To celebrate the release of my new book in January, December Radio, which describes what might have happened had the Nazi’s built a viable nuclear bomb, we are voting on the hottest or coolest gadget in WWII. The nominations, with links so you can read more information, are below the voting box. Make your choice carefully.

You have 6 votes per person. Please give 3 votes to your favourite (click the yellow vote button between each vote), 2 votes to your second favourite (click the yellow vote button between each vote) and 1 vote to your third favourite. Click ‘View Results’ to check you have voted.

Voting closes Sunday 13th December at midnight GMT.

Here are the nominations (in no particular order):

  • Die Glocke – German project to build an anti-gravity craft in the shape of a bell
  • Krummlauf – an insane German device for shooting round corners
  • British Churchill Tank – that could lay a bridge within minutes
  • Silverbird – an orbital bomber, precursor to the Space Shuttle and able to ‘skip’ along the Earth’s atmosphere (in theory) to New York and on to Tokyo. Read more about it in December Radio
  • The Bouncing Bomb – Designed by Barnes Wallis to be used by 617 Squadron to successfully attack the Rhein dams
  • The Horten flying Wing – only one remains – locked away in an American hangar
  • Focke-Wulf Triebflügel – A Vertical Take off and Landing aircraft. Despite what this article says, I have seen grainy photos of one finished and which I believe flew twice, killing its pilot.
  • Fritz X – the first guided missile (by radio), designed in Germany
  • The TDR-1 Assault Drone – this amazing USA device was not only a guided bomb but it could also be carried by a gliding drone, as in this grainy photograph. More info half way down the page here: http://www.tfcbooks.com/special/missiles.htm Its bigger brother used a B-17 or B-24 bomber guided using television
  • The Nazi Nuclear Bomb – that might have worked. It used an ingenious method to create fission according to this source (unverified). Read more about it in December Radio
  • Focke-Achgelis_Fa_330 – a gyroglider that could be towed behing a U-boat so that the observer could see further
  • The Bombe – an electro-mechanical computing device used at Bletchley Park to decrypt the Enigma Code
  • Focke-Achgelis_Fa_223 – A dual rotor helicopter
  • Enigma Machine – The German encryption machine that created a coded message which was, at first, considered virtually impossible to decipher
  • RAF Pigeons – Okay maybe this isn’t exactly cool but it’s so nuts I had to include them! Some of them were awarded bravery medals. They deserve a mention!
December Radio cover
December Radio cover

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Nominate: Hottest, coolest WWII Gadgets

The Silverbird Orbital Bomber
The Silverbird Orbital Bomber

Christmas build-up this year is getting far too frenzied for my liking, rabid, venal. I have seen a set of adverts during a programme which show you all the amazing, mega-fatty food you can buy at Christmas and inserted between them is an advert showing you how you can avoid indigestion! Will companies stop at nothing to flog us their wares for Christmas? Oh well, at least it’s still magical for kids.

For us oldies, let’s take a break from it. I know War is not to be glorified and I don’t, but it’s still interesting to remember some of the ingenious devices invented during the conflict, some of which we are still benefiting from now, in peacetime. Also, I have a new book, December Radio out in the New Year so I wanted to get the theme of WWII up and running before the Christmas Turkey gobbles up all other thoughts. And while we are voting, let’s remember that in December 1944, most allied soldiers still hoped the war would be over before Christmas. Let’s remember how they suffered in freezing conditions to give us the freedom to celebrate Christmas as we pleased (but not by spending more than we could afford and getting stressed about it!)

Here are my top 10 devices (in no particular order). Please comment (or tweet me @Lazlo_F or FB me at facebook.com/lazloferran) to add your own nominations before Thursday 10 December. I will add them and then we vote!

  • Die Glocke – German project to build an anti-gravity craft in the shape of a bell
  • Krummlauf – an insane German device for shooting round corners
  • British Churchill Tank – that could lay a bridge within minutes
  • Silverbird – an orbital bomber, precursor to the Space Shuttle and able to ‘skip’ along the Earth’s atmosphere (in theory) to New York and on to Tokyo. Read more about it in December Radio
  • The Bouncing Bomb – Designed by Barnes Wallis to be used by 617 Squadron to successfully attack the Rhein dams
  • The Horten flying Wing – only one remains – locked away in an American hangar
  • Focke-Wulf Triebflügel – A Vertical Take off and Landing aircraft. Despite what this article says, I have seen grainy photos of one finished and which I believe flew twice, killing its pilot.
  • Fritz X – the first guided missile (by radio), designed in Germany
  • The TDR-1 Assault Drone – this amazing USA device was not only a guided bomb but it could also be carried by a gliding drone, as in this grainy photograph. More info half way down the page here: http://www.tfcbooks.com/special/missiles.htm Its bigger brother used a B-17 or B-24 bomber guided using television
  • The Nazi Nuclear Bomb – that might have worked. It used an ingenious method to create fission according to this source (unverified). Read more about it in December Radio
December Radio cover
December Radio cover

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Operation Peppermint – The Allied Fear of Radiological Warfare in WW2

December Radio cover
December Radio cover

Operation Peppermint
The hazards posed to nuclear veterans – whether personnel (including down wind civilians) were present at Trinity, Hiroshima and Nagasaki (included the targeted civilians) or at nuclear test areas thereafter – were well known prior to the formation of Manhattan Project. Indeed, radiation sickness had been fully described by medical authorities in Europe and the US in the 1930s. The radium dial painters – their illnesses and suffering – were tracked by US authorities from the 1920s until the last worker died in the 1990s. (Being the first human radiation experiment conducted without victim permission.) Many such workers suffered decades of ill health, many died in the 20s and 30s.

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Read more about WWII radiation experiments, including the project to build and detonate and Nazi Atomic Bomb in my forthcoming book: December Radio, to be published around 29 January 2016 by A-Argus.

Hunting Hitler
I just wanted to mention the excellent new History channel series Hunting Hitler. In short, last year the FBI released their own secret files detailing their attempts to locate Adolf Hitler after WWII. They did not believe the Russian story that Hitler and Eva Braun’s body had been burned in the Reich Chancellery garden and, to be fair, there has never been any solid evidence to support this claim.

It is well known that Hitler’s last public appearance was on 20 April 1945 and the FBI files show that 10 aircraft took off from Templehof airport (Berlin’s main airport) on the 21 April, one day later. What is more the manifests show many senior Nazis to be on board and also Hitler’s personal luggage. A few aircraft were shot down but at least one made it to the Baltic coast, where a U-boat could have been waiting. One other is rumoured to have landed in Spain (of course neutral and sympathetic to Hitler) although the radio messages were garbled on this matter.

The programme’s investigators used modern techniques starting with Means, Motive and Opportunity to suggest that Hitler could have made it at least as far as the nearest underground station to Templehoff on the 21 April. They then managed to locate a blocked up tunnel in hte basement of the airport which led toward the nearest underground station. They ended in Berlin with using hand held Ground Penetration Radar to locate a hollow wall (covering a blocked up tunnel?) precisely where they expected the tunnel to emerge.

In Spain they found further evidence that Nazi’s were active in a port called Vigo, in North West Spain, only a short distance from Franco’s personal retreat. A strange gantry for loading tungsten, of which the area is a major producer, remains next to the bridge and can be clearly seen on Google Earth. It could well serve to load raw materials onto submarines. Eye-witnesses talk of seeing U-boats docking for more than 3 months after hostilities ended, and it is well known that 46 U-boats were never accounted for.

Another team is attempting to locate a U-boat off the coast of Argentina, where a local Nazi had wool production company and owned a private bank. Eye witnesses report seeing a U-boat scuttled in the area in the summer of 1945.

Now, while all this is new and exciting and I have to admit, compelling given that Hitler was not a man to ‘give up’ easily, I have some reservations about this programme so far.

  • Firstly, Hitler didn’t kill himself (according to eye-witness accounts) until 30 April, almost ten days after the team said he could have left. Hitler still believed he could win at this point and I am not convinced he would have left so early.
  • Secondly, I have seen the eye-witnesses, who stayed with Hitler until the end, talking about what they saw. At all times they stare straight into the camera and look to me as if they are telling the truth. Would they really have been duped by a double?
  • Thirdly, possible the only exception to the ‘honest stare’ is Traudl Junge, Hitler’s last private secretary. She always maintained she had not known about evil’s perpetrated about Hitler’s regime. In early interviews she looks honest and open. However, in 2002 she was interviewed for the film Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary, when she already knew she was dying of cancer. She admitted in this film that she finally had realised her own guilt but could not come to terms with it. She does avoid eye-contact with the camera and this could be guilt. Would somebody finally admit to feeling guilty but still not admit that Hitler had escaped (if he had) once she knew she had nothing to lose and everything to gain by telling the truth?
  • Finally, Franco and Hitler did not like each other. Franco wouldn’t do what Hitler wanted and thought the German Dictator irritating. Would Franco really have hidden Hitler in his personal retreat?

It’s worth remembering that just because Hitler could have escaped, doesn’t mean he did. I await the rest of the series with interest.

The Synchronicity Code

The Synchronicity Code cover
The Synchronicity Code cover

Just a quick note: you can find out more about me and the book in a new interview on the English Informer in France (Link no longer available).

Big Lazlo Ferran Project coming in 2016
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Want to Meet the Author Lazlo Ferran?

The Synchronicity Code cover
The Synchronicity Code cover
The Synchronicity Code was out a week ago and to mark the occasion Rukia Publishing have done a Meet the Author page about me. You will find out a lot of new things about me and the book there! http://ow.ly/Ui1gL

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When Will there be a Part 3 to the Ordo Lupus Series?

I have often been asked this and the answer is 5 November!

The Synchronicity Code cover
The Synchronicity Code cover
The Synchronicity Code – Part 3 in the Ordo Lupus is finally here!
It will be only $1.53 until 12 November, after which it will rise to the standard retail price which will be at least $4.99. You can already order copies on Smashwords and Google Play. Here are the links to retailers (you may already be able to buy it on Amazon).

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Description
An immortal Greek mercenary abandons his quest to meet Christ in Jerusalem so he can rescue a dying archaeologist.

The mercenary, Zosimyache, is a libertine vampire who travels through time, aloof from mankind. He is looking for absolution but things become more complicated when he finds out that the archaeologist is a werewolf.

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Do we have a future?

nuclear bomb mushroom cloudIf we don’t stop destroying the planet and making wars, we have no future.

Read my latest treatise on war, December Radio, when it is published by A-Argus in January 2015:

Based on real events.

February 1945: despite the Allies turning the tide of war, the Nazi’s are almost ready to test their ultimate weapon off the coast of America. A weapon which could win them the War.

Two Dutch brothers are thrown into a chaotic world of spies, traitors and scientists when Arnaud is incarcerated in a concentration camp as a dissident and forced to work on the secret weapon project. Their mother begs his older brother, Carl, to find him and bring him home.

A fascist who loves only smart clothes, jazz and women, Carl disowns his brother. But after witnessing a murder, he is forced to hold a mirror up to himself.

Arnaud is desperate to stop the project. But he is dying, hanging on, hoping his brother will come…

Bargain offers!
The third book in the Ordo Lupus series, The Synchronicity Code, is out on 5 November. To celebrate this the Halloween classic, Ordo Lupus and the Temple Gate – Second Edition (the on with the original Secret Codes), will be only 99 cents on 30 October.

And don’t forget that with the release of The Synchronicity Code, you will have all the clues you need to win the $500 Prize offered with the free book Vampire -Find my Grave